Boost Cloud Performance up to 70%
General notes & sections for select hosting providers below (mid-2017).
- AWS (Amazon Web Services), EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud), EBS (Elastic Block Storage), etc.
- Digital Ocean
Amazon Web Services / EC2 / EBS / S3
TLDR; While AWS usually offers restrictive hardware & intimidating pricing tiers, the i3.large (and larger) hardware is the most efficient in terms of Price vs. I/O Performance, AND is the Fastest in Overall Performance.
EC2 i3.large with a 475GB NVMe SSD typically costs around $110/month!
An i3.2xlarge with 1.9TB NVMe costs about $450/month *
Head to Head
Note the i3.*xlarge is the only hardware to feature competitively priced NVMe storage (ultra-fast +1GB/s speeds). The major limiting factor I found was the real network speed. Servers with advertised speeds “up to 10/Gb/s” struggled to get close to 1/Gb/s (60-80MB/s).
Network tests used up to 9 additional instances in the same availability zone. Any erroneous data points I replaced with a 0. Additional tests are needed as only 1-2 samples were collected.